Dr Mike Leach

Dr Michael Leach PhD, MIBiol, FRSM

Dr Mike Leach

Dr Michael J Leach

Reader in Pharmacology and Drug Development

Department of Life and Sports Sciences

Faculty of Engineering and Science

Dr Mike Leach gained his PhD at the Institute of Neurology, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queens Square, London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and has a long pedigree in the pharmaceutical industry.

He was a former section head at Wellcome Research (now part of GlaxoSmithKline) and much of his career in the pharmaceutical industry centred around searching for treatments for epilepsy such as Lamotrigine; Lamictal™, used in the treatment of both adult and paediatric forms of epilepsy, brain damage after a stroke and more recently, multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr Leach is a co-inventor of Pleneva (BGC20-0134; BTG International) now in Phase II clinical trials for MS.

He is also a co-founder of one of the university's spin out companies – CenTRion Therapeutics – and a member of the School of Science Drug Discovery cluster group.

Course leader

  • Neuropharmacology
  • Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutics.

Course participation

  • Natural Products
  • API and Drug Development
  • Medicinal Chemistry and Therapeutics – Postgraduate.
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (FRSM)
  • Member of Clinical Neuroscience and Pharmaceutical Medicine and Lipid Sections
  • Member of the Institute of Biology (MIBiol)
  • Journal Referee: Epilepsy Research; Epilepsia; Brain Research; Neuropharmacology; Stroke; Psychopharmacology;
  • Retained contributor to reference text : Antiepileptic Drugs
  • Dr Leach is a member of the Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Science Research Group.


  • Cyclic triazo and diazo sodium channel blockers. WO/2009/090431
  • New Medical use of Triazines derivatives. WO/2008/007149
  • Treatment of Neurodegenerative conditions. US 2010/00112810A1, EP 2324828, JP 2011144195.

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